Imagine this scene. The two tribes came together on the edge of the desert earlier in the day. Negotiations over water rights at the oasis had been conducted over many months. And now the time had arrived for the covenant ceremony that would seal the dealread more
St. Christopher’s is a congregation of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (TEC). We are a member of the greater Anglican Communion, and a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. In our tradition, serving God as clergy persons is open to women as well as men; single persons or married.
We have a long history of being a parish which served those who are predominantly from a military background, primarily those who have served or are serving in the United States Air Force, due to our proximity to Wright Patterson AFB.
However, we have evolved into a diversified congregation over the last several years, in which we embrace members from a variety of backgrounds. We are a congregation which values radical hospitality, embracing the tenants of our faith which lie in Scripture, tradition and reason. Since Episcopalians journey a path which we look upon as Via Media (by way of the middle ground),we are a congregation of people with multiplicity of views. Yet, with all those facets which make us unique, we are a community who respectfully welcomes the stranger, no matter their background or station in life. God’s forgiveness, love and grace extends seamlessly like a mantle upon all – we are made in the Creator’s image and likeness, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, social status or age. Since the God we serve is boundless, so is our inclusiveness.
So come…. See the Goodness of the Lord in the Community of St. Christopher’s. Worship with us… in prayer, song and in the hearing of God’s word. Join us so that we may become friends and no longer strangers.
Blessings and peace.
Those of you of a certain age will remember Flip Wilson. Wilson was an African-American comedian who had his own television variety show in the early 1970’s. His most memorable character was a woman. Wilson would appear, wearing a dress and high heels,read more
Sermon on the Plain Just about everyone has heard of the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew. It’s three chapters long, and it begins with the familiar Beatitudes or Blessings. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdomread more
BLACKFACE I had a phone call the other day from a friend who’s now serving as an interim priest in a parish in another diocese. My colleague called asking for a consult on a matter that had come up in the congregation. In preparation for producing a parread more
Prophet Jesus It’s tough being a prophet—a spokesperson for God. In our world we’d probably call prophets press secretaries or publicists. These jobs are difficult because the messages they’re called to speak aren’t their own. And sometimes theread more
The entire Christmas story has one focus—one affirmation—that’s constantly kept before us “Jesus is the Son of God.” The Annunciation to Mary by the angel Gabriel is that she will bear a son who will be the child of God. Mary visits her cousin Eread more
It seems that the older I get the more rapidly the holidays arrive each year. Time seems to speed up. It’s not so for you younger folk as you’ve been counting down the days and hours—wondering if Christmas would ever get here. For some of you, thisread more
The preaching of John the Baptist is hard to take. As one writer put it, “The words of John the Baptist go down sideways in the throat.” (Elizabeth Kaeton). The full impact of John’s words to the crowds is still somewhatread more
Gospel in a Blue Note Lord Jonathan Sacks was the Chief Rabbi in Great Britain. He opens his most recent book with these words: . . . . God weeps. So the book of Genesis tells us. Having made human beings in his image, God sees the first man and woman disread more
The First Sunday of Advent Well, here we are on the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new Church year. Happy New Year! Thanksgiving has come and gone . . . or mostly gone, depending on how many leftovers you still have. Black Friday and Cyber Monread more